Sunday, November 16, 2003

"When the Son of Man comes...

in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him... and he will put his sheep at his right hand... Then the king will say to those at his right hand, 'Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.'" Matthew 25:31-36 NRSV Heard a message at church today from a missionary named Ron Bueno. He is co-director of a group in Central America named ENLACE. Their mission is to extend Christian love to the community, through the local church, in concrete and tangible means. For example, they may provide the means for purified water to be brought into a local mountain community where the children are ravaged by parasites. They may help establish local single mothers or widows in employment endeavors that bring food into their households. The point is, they show that they care for the people and that, as Greg Koukl is fond of saying, the people are not important just because they are "gospel fodder." Ron's father, John Bueno, founded Latin America ChildCare forty years ago. It's an organization that teaches the Word of God, provides schooling, a hot meal, and medical care for children throughout Latin America. Through its evangelistic outreach it has laid the foundation for groups such as ENLACE. Check out their websites and consider donating time or money to these ministries. Note that some of the people that ENLACE ministers to make as little as $1 a day. Does your morning cup of coffee matter that much?

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